Trip around Ireland – 14th to 26th July 2012

Arrived jogging at Holyhead thanks to a Virgin train breakdown at Crewe.  Happily Irish Ferries held the boat so we got aboard and away, arriving in an overcast Dublin at 6pm.

First of many power stations – this one looks to have been oil-fired, but the short silver chimneys at far left suggest its gas-fired now.

We are here to see my brother, but first take a five day tour of small breweries with Brewery Hops on what turns out to be their first trip.  But first a couple of days exploring Dublin.  Some glorious Georgian terraced houses, a museum where I concentrated on Irish prehistory, an art gallery under refurbishment so everything is crammed in a small but rich space, and I discovered Jack Butler Yeats.

The singing horsemen, 1949, by J B Yeats.

In the museum district I walked on igneous rock pavements

Coarse grained igneous rocks – lets call them granites. This pavement should last. Saw similar (but bigger) slabs in Exeter and Penzance.

and saw a Government office in the Deco style with a great Frieze on it.

On the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht

After checking in at the Kingfisher hotel, just off the top of O’Connell Street, we made our way south of the Liffey to visit a Porterhouse bar serving two cask beers and a lot of small brewery keg ales.  This Porterhouse bar is on Parliament Street (there are two, perhaps three more in Dublin) where a fine building stands adjacent to the Liffey.

Delightful details on a building at the North end of Parliament Street

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